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California’s orchards are a vital part of the local economy, providing over half of the fruits and nuts we consume daily. The caretakers of these orchards work tirelessly to provide us with healthy, nutritious foods. Tree nut growers play a dual role in the health and safety of the communities in which they live, work and play – providing food and promoting safety.
By planting new orchard trees that are compatible with power lines, growers can ensure safe and reliable power for the 16 million Northern and Central California residents who depend on it.
Planting a new orchard is an important investment – one that growers consider carefully, after thorough thought and planning. Sometimes, planning new plantings around power lines is a missed step in the orchard planning process.
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) works with growers to plan before they plant, identifying power line-friendly planting locations early in the orchard planning process to help growers maximize their investment. Together, tree nut growers and PG&E can reach safe solutions that help meet growers’ needs while protecting electric system reliability and making sure California communities remain safe.
In addition to keeping communities safe, taking a proactive approach to orchard planning helps growers avoid spending needlessly on land in incompatible areas; installing irrigation systems in right of way areas and planting trees that will ultimately require removal.
Plan Before You Plant resources are available for growers to learn more about the importance of maintaining safe distances from transmission lines. Reach out early in your orchard planning process to schedule a visit to your orchard to have an expert identify power line friendly planting locations near transmission lines.
For more information, visit www.pge.com/planbeforeplanting or call 1-800-743-5000.